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Around The Wild Cape Horn ukulele

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F                       F    F       Dm     G       F
I was born a land-bound farm boy and in New England raised,
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The rippling of the wheat fields, well they were my ocean waves.
     F                  F        F            Dm      G         F
Each cry and call, each rise and fall, of the crows a-cross the corn
              F          G         F         F                  Dm     G
Were seagulls swooping a-cross the bow, of a ship I dreamed I’d sail a-round
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Cape Horn.


F                     F    F        Dm           G         F
My deck was the dusty farm yard, my mast was the telegraph pole
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And the windblow choir in the telephone wire was the call heard in my soul
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And it seemed to have been singing since the day that I was born
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I'm gonna take a trip on a sailing ship, all the way around the wild Cape 
F
Horn

F                         F  F         Dm      G       F
Well I found that ship in Hamburg, her name it was Peking
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Our skipper’s name was Captain Jürs, and I’d never met a man like him.
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He pulled two men out from the sea, by the hair, in a raging storm.
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And he kept that grip on a sailing ship, all the way around the wild Cape
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Horn.

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Well its four hours on and its four hours off and you sleep in your wet
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clothes
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The only dry thing on the ship is the cargo down below
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Eleven thousand miles we sailed, nigh on one hundred dawns
F          G          F       F                Dm         G         F
Thirty two sails on a heaving ship, pulling us around the wild cape horn

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Well the cargo weighed five thousand tons, the ship three thousand more.
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An acre of sail was up aloft, some seventeen storeys tall.
F                       F       F         Dm     G      F
And we had a pig, and a scruffy dog and a turkey fed on corn.
F           G         F         F                Dm         G         F
And willing hands who catch the wind, hauling us around the wild Cape Horn.

F                     F    F                 Dm     G        F
For seventeen days we were becalmed and then Friday the thirteenth
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Sixty eight great ships were lost in the storm of the century.
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But we were swept into the Atlantic, on a sun-lit sparkling morn,
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The turkey got sick, so we ate him quick, on the way around the wild Cape 
F
Horn.
 
G                                      Dm                F
Well she had us sort of hypnotised, no time to catch our breath,
                    F                    F       Dm         G
If you want to feel real alive, well you have to flirt with death.
F                 F         F         Dm        G          F
Sail close to the harnessed wind, and treat all risks with scorn
F          G      F         F                       Dm         G
A farm boy and an un-yoked team, ploughed their way around the wild Cape 
F
Horn.

F                     F        F          Dm         G    F
Now on that voyage we lost two boys, they got thrown overboard.
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Silence from us down below, no one could put in words.
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Two empty bunks to mark the space in our young lives to mourn,
F     G           F        F                 Dm         G         F
Voids between all life and death, on the way around the wild Cape Horn

F                        F  F       Dm      G        F
And mountain waves, like avalanches crashed upon the decks,
                            F                    Dm               G
The screaming winds snapped ropes and spars, and tried to have us wrecked.
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But she rose and fell through foam and swell, her sails were ripped and torn
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Eight thousand tons tossed like a cork, on the way around the wild Cape Horn.

G                                     Dm                F
And she had us sort of hypnotised, no time to catch our breath,
                    F                    F       Dm         G
If you want to feel real alive, well you have to flirt with death.
F                 F         F         Dm        G          F
Sail close to the harnessed wind, and treat all risks with scorn
F          G      F         F                       Dm         G
A farm boy and an un-yoked team, ploughed their way around the wild Cape 
F
Horn.
F                G   F        F                        Dm         G
Well, a farm boy and un-yoked team, ploughed their way around the wild Cape 
F
Horn.

            
            
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